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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/13/2008

Forecast: Summery Sunshine Sticks Around

By Jason Samenow

Cooling trend late week

Columbus Day will feel a lot more like Labor Day as temperatures climb to around 80 degrees. This unseasonably warm weather will continue for the next several days. Later this week, cooler air will gradually filter into the region and next weekend will feature more fall-like 60s.


Gorgeous. 79-83. Fifties start the day, so throw on a warm-up jacket or fleece for an early stroll this morning. But by late morning, tee-shirts and shorts will suffice as the mercury passes 70 degrees. Mid-to-late afternoon temperature should hit 80 or so in most spots. How about a Columbus Day barbecue?

Clear skies overnight, but not quite as cool as the past several night due to light flow from the southwest. Low temperatures should reach the upper 40s in the coolest suburbs with mid-to-upper 50s in the city.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week.

A beautiful sunset Friday in northwest, Washington, D.C. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.


More beautiful sunshine. 80-84. The area of high pressure that has produced this long string of sunny days holds for one more day. With light flow from the south, temperatures should again reach 80 or higher after starting the day in the 50s.

Mostly clear overnight with lows 50-58 (suburbs-city).

Confidence: High


A weak cold front will pass through the area on Wednesday, but not before temperature rise well into the 70s. Afternoon clouds may increase somewhat, but the front should be mostly dry with little to no chance for rain. Confidence: Medium-High

A second cold front is likely to swing through the region Thursday, but showers chances will just be slightly higher than Wednesday's. High temperatures should reach the low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Behind both the fronts, it will be cooler on Friday, with highs in the upper 60s. Low pressure may form along the second cold front, stalled to our south. It's possible that this low will then turn up the East Coast, bringing rain and some wind to the area late Friday into the Saturday (50% chance). Confidence: Medium

There's a 40% chance of some rain Saturday morning, with rain chances gradually diminishing during the afternoon to less than 20% by evening. It will likely be brisk compared to the weather just a few days earlier, with highs in the mid 60s and gusty winds from the northwest. Confidence: Medium

Sunday will probably be partly sunny, breezy, and cool, with highs 60-65. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | October 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Nice information....

Posted by: Michael hayden | October 13, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

TODAY should be (MONDAY), not (SATURDAY), although for a lot of people it's still the weekend but unfortunately for the rest of us who has to be at work...

Posted by: Orionpkmyz | October 13, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Orion! Fixed.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | October 13, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Mike-- Thanks for stopping by. Glad you found the info useful.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | October 13, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

This is off topic did I miss tropical storm Laura? I didn't know about it until I heard news about this Marco character the other day.

I just wanted to point out how gentle and compassionate she was to spare us all.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | October 13, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This is the type of climate change I was hoping for...mild summers, mild winters....

Posted by: Linda | October 13, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The last 10 days of the month look to be colder than normal for the DC Metro area. (A switch from the generally warmer than normal temperatures expected through about Oct 20.)

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | October 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes - let's hope that SNOW is on the way! I have really noticed squirrels have been very busy this year compared to the last several. I have also noticed an increase in dead squirrels along roaadways the past few weeks.

Posted by: Greg | October 13, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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